My second month of blogging has been city break central with trips to UK cities Glasgow, London and Sheffield in addition to Derby at the end of July.
I woke up in Glasgow on the 1st August ready for 3 solid days of city culture and boy was I surprised at how much there was to see in the city for free. It’s the perfect city for a budget break! All the museums I visited were free to enter, from the Riverside Museum of Transport and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery, to the People’s Palace and Lord Provands House – the oldest house in Glasgow. As with many city breaks I explored the city using the sightseeing bus which for 2 consecutive days was £16. Read about the places I visited by the Glasgow Sightseeing Bus; the most impressive highlight of my trip being the tour of Glasgow City Chambers. Further blog posts are to follow over the next couple of months.
The first weekend in August I headed down to London to see the eagerly awaited for Georgia O’Keefe Exhibition at Tate Modern, an artist I’ve loved since studying her work at school. I took out a membership too, so I’m actively planning my next Tate trips.
On the same day, I also took the opportunity to visit the newly crowned Museum of the Year: the V&A (Victoria & Albert Museum), where I saw the exhibition “Undressed.” I can recommend both exhibitions, so look out for reviews on the blog next month.
After spending 2 days sheep spotting in the Lakes in July following the Go Herdwick Art Project, I finally brought you photos of my first day finds in Windermere, Bowness and Ambleside. The project sees some 60 life-size Herdwick sheep sculptures placed around the main tourist hotspots and is the largest public art project the Lakes has ever seen. They’re only visible till the 4th September however, so get your trip in quickly this weekend if you haven’t seen them yet.
Mid August saw me visiting Sheffield for a friend’s wedding, so a day in the city was planned for the following day. Having loved the Lakeland sheep sculptures of the Go Herdwick art project so much, I had to take on the herd of elephants currently roaming Sheffield as “The Herd of Sheffield.” Similarly this project is the largest public art trail that Sheffield has ever seen with 58 large elephants and 72 small elephant calves dotted around the city. I had great fun finding them, especially members of the “Little Herd” hiding in the Winter Garden.
During the last week of August I had two special boys staying with me, my 15 year old and 6 year old nephews, and so this last week has been packed with fun, local (to the NW of England) activities including the Legoland Discovery Centre at the Trafford Centre; the Manchester Sea-life centre; Knowsley Safari Park and even a trip to Caernarfon in North Wales as my youngest nephew loves castles! He takes after his aunt there. I can see a number of family day out blog posts popping up soon!
Lastly, to round off my month of city breaks, I wrote a further post on Paris from my trips earlier this year; this time all about the Île de la Cité, a place known for its number one tourist attraction Notre-Dame, but as you’ll see there’s so much more to the island on the Seine.
I leave you with my latest jigsaw completion… my first 250 piece Wentworth wooden whimsy-piece puzzle that was given to me as a Christmas present last year.